The Good The big, 8.4-inch touch screen in the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 hosts easily accessible controls for navigation, stereo, and phone integration. The engine churns out massive power, and Chrysler includes a built-in performance computer to measure 0-to-60 mph and quarter-mile runs.
The Bad The Garmin navigation software could be better integrated with the rest of the dashboard electronics. The low-tech approach of the driveline means mediocre fuel economy.
The Bottom Line Although a bit archaic in its power-train hardware, the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 features modern cabin electronics and full-size sedan comfort.
2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8
Automatic transmissions, traction control, and the prevalence of front-wheel drive made doing burn-outs a thing of the past. But it is from this past that the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 comes. Like in my old 1969 Dodge Coronet, put the pedal to the metal in the 300 and the back tires rip loose from the pavement.
Eventually the car will start going forward, or possibly sideways depending on pavement conditions and steering-wheel angle. This throwback performance comes courtesy of the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 under the hood, a chunk of old-school pushrod-powered iron.